In a tradition as baffling as it is nippy, brave travellers took to the London Underground yesterday minus their lower clothing for the annual No Trousers On The Tube day. You probably won't be surprised to hear it's an American invention, although obviously called No Pants On The Subway there, invented by Improv Everywhere - those gits who started the flashmob trend a few years back.
Incredibly, this has been going on since 2002, and occurs in "dozens of cities around the world" on a designated date. The NYC participants were particularly unlucky this year, with New York just having had a snowstorm, and London participants didn't escape unscathed either. This year's date coincided with the start of the tube strike, so our fearless representatives had to hop off early to avoid getting caught with their trousers down.
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Otherwise, the event proceeded without a hitch, although there was some in our view unnecessary man- and woman-spreading by participants. And a general feeling of unease, of course, but then we are British. [Evening Standard]